Beyond the Post-Modern Mind

Review of Metaphysics 44 (4):868-869 (1991)

Abstract

In the preface to the second edition of Beyond the Post-Modern Mind, Huston Smith states that the book issues an invitation "to step outside our current Western outlook to see it in perspective". Smith's thesis, developed in a number of eclectic and topically diffuse essays, is that our "current outlook," the postmodern outlook, is transitional and that the wave of the future will be a return to the "perennial philosophy." Smith sees postmodern thought as merely a symptom and consequence of the inevitable breakdown of the modern worldview.

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